Georgia Gwinnett joins Atlanta higher ed council

Georgia Gwinnett College has joined the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education as ARCHE's 20th member institution.

As a member, Georgia Gwinnett will be included in ARCHE research reports communicating the collective impact and contributions of higher education in Atlanta and Georgia and will participate in student cross registration, library sharing and cooperative purchasing programs. GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman will serve on the ARCHE board of trustees.

ARCHE members are bachelor and graduate degree-granting institutions that are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and are either private nonprofit or in the University System of Georgia. They include major research universities, historically black institutions, comprehensive universities, liberal arts colleges, seminary and theological institutions, schools of medicine, art and technology and single-gender colleges.

"We're excited to welcome Georgia's newest college to the Atlanta higher education community," ARCHE President Michael A. Gerber said. "Georgia Gwinnett is forging 'the campus of tomorrow' with its emphasis on innovative teaching, technology and personal attention. Achieving SACS accreditation in the record time of less than three years is a significant accomplishment, and we expect GGC to continue to grow exponentially in the foreseeable future."

Kaufman said becoming a member of the Council is another benefit of being an accredited college.

"We are privileged to be a part of such an impressive group of institutions," he said. "It is our mission to educate and produce contributing citizens and future leaders for our state and our nation, and I look forward to working with my colleagues within ARCHE to continue to make Georgia attractive to business and industry and an exceptional place to learn, live and work."

Georgia Gwinnett College provides access to targeted baccalaureate level degrees that meet the economic development needs of the growing and diverse population of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region. It provides its students enhanced learning experiences, practical opportunities to apply knowledge, increased scheduling flexibility and a variety of course delivery options.

The Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education brings together 20 of the Atlanta region's public and private colleges and universities. ARCHE builds awareness of the size, scope, impact and value of higher education and helps its members share strengths through cooperative programs such as cross registration and library sharing. Founded in 1938, ARCHE's membership also includes six affiliated libraries and 12 corporate and nonprofit community partners.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.